Carrots/leeks/onions

nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)July 28, 2012

These are all flowering beautifully right now!

Do I just leave them to scatter their seed, or how do I know when to pick/bag or whatever.

I would actually rather have the seed to plant than let the seed blow with the wind, cause I kinda like to know where my plants are planted!

Any help would be appreciated! Nancy

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remy_gw

Hi Nancy,
Carrot seed and other plants with similar flower heads like dill will turn grey/brown when ripe. They come off easily from the flower heads. I just get a bag and rub the heads and the seeds fall into the bag.
With onion family plants, the pods that develop turn from green to light tan, and the seeds inside turn black. I cut the whole heads of seed pods off into a paper bag. Then I let them dry for a bit more so the pods just crumb away when I separate them.
Hope this helps,
Remy

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:45PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Thanks Remy. Just what I needed. Now I can clear those spaces for winter stuff. Nancy

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:01AM
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remy_gw

You're welcome,
Remy

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:20AM
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